WorkforceNOW

Highly-educated, specialized and diverse—our workforce is engaged in competitive industries. Whether it is engineering, construction, healthcare, professional services, business or management, we’re using our skills to build and maintain the region’s momentum. We’re succeeding in AltoonaNow.


EducationNOW Altoona Greater Des Moines Region
High School Graduate or Higher 10,767 N/A 120,478 N/A
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 3,421 N/A 39,178 N/A
Educational Attainment 25+
Less than 9th Grade 73 0.6% 10,401 7.5%
Some High School, no diploma 521 4.6% 8,502 6.1%
High School Graduate (or GED) 3,414 30.1% 39,128 28.1%
Some College, no degree 2,684 23.6 28,285 20.3%
Associate Degree 1,248 11.0% 13,887 10.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 2,551 22.5% 26,782 19.2%
Professional School Degree 870 7.7%  12,296  8.9%
Employment Data
In Armed Forces 13 0.11% 514 0.09%
Civilian – Employed 8,677 74.58% 358,572 63.93%
Civilian – Unemployed 402 3.46% 17,885 3.19%
Not in Labor Force 2,543 21.86% 183,902 32.79%
OccupationNOW Altoona Greater Des Moines Region Regional, Mean Annual Wage
Architect / Engineer 227 2.3% 1,398 1.2% $66,706
Arts / Entertainment / Sports 132 1.3% 2,558 2.3% $43,601
Building Grounds Maintenance 141 1.4% 4,968 4.4% $25,755
Business / Financial Operations 983 10.0% 6,981 6.2% $63,637
Community / Social Services 134 1.4% 1,992 1.8% $43,771
Computer / Mathematical 498 5.1% 4,505 4.0% $73,453
Construction / Extraction 385 3.9% 6,782 6.0% $43,687
Education / Training / Library 535 5.5% 4,823 4.3% $45,003
Farms / Fishing / Forestry 9 0.1% 422 0.4% $31,657
Food Preparation / Serving 405 4.1% 6,301 5.6% $20,402
Health Practitioner / Technical 498 5.1% 3,250 2.9% $72,081
Healthcare Support 347 3.5% 4,906 4.4% $29,079
Maintenance Repair 265 2.7% 2,784 2.5% $43,399
Legal 71 1.38% 1,401 1.2% $96,168
Life / Physical / Social Science 10 0.7% 727 0.6% $62,602
Management 917 9.4% 8,443 7.5% $97,297
Office / Administrative Support 1,228 12.5% 14,268 12.7% $35,258
Production 529 5.4% 9,837 8.7% $32,004
Protective Services 159 1.6% 1,500 1.3% $41,394
Sales / Related 1,158 11.8% 10,958 9.7% $40,656
Personal Care / Service 386 3.9% 4,821 4.3% $23,354
Transportation / Moving 480 4.9% 3,507 3.1% $34,262